In Which I Was Small Kine Kaulana

You know how every year I participate in the Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase? It’s a two-day event, where spinners gather in the historic Aurora Colony’s Museum, and spin on their antique wheels. It’s a public event, and it’s amazing how many people come to visit and check out all the different wheels. We all dress up in period costumes to keep it authentic.

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Makani Nui

Last night the wind woke me up about 4:30, with several gigantic gusts…strong enough to be a bit scary, actually. I was very glad I didn’t have to worry about the Big-Leaf Maple tree sending down huge branches again ontop of us, but we have lots of other trees around us. We’re in the middle of a high wind warning, with more big gusts to come.

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Da Puka

I forgot to add a photo of what the maple tree puka looks like now… here it is.


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Good Timing

I guess it’s just as well we got the maple cut down. Check out Mark Nelson’s (Channel 12) forecast for tomorrow. This is exactly what sent huge branches crashing down on us before, damaging Nolemana’s car and our roof and gutters. We may lose power this time, but it’s nice to know that we’re not in danger from the tree that used to be in our driveway.

  1. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for the western valleys, the only one of this entire “storm season”!  That’s due to an abundance of caution even though it’s unlikely we see widespread gusts above the 58 mph criteria required for a High Wind Warning.   Remember it’s a WATCH, not a WARNING.  The NWS may upgrade to a warning tomorrow or convert to a Wind Advisory…we’ll see.
  2. When comparing current models to last year’s storm, they are all a bit weaker, by maybe 10 mph.  That plus the low placement/depth leads me to believe that instead of 45-60 mph gusts in the valleys (last year) it’ll be more like 40-55mph for the vast majority of us.
  3. Coastal wind gusts were “weak” last year; the main action was inland.  We’ll see how that plays out this year.  In the springtime the strong upper-level winds mix down easily in the “warm” valleys so we can get as windy as the Coast.
  4. 42 mph is the peak southerly wind gust we’ve seen in the past 6 months.  Very weak.  That means it’ll be relatively easy to topple a few trees here and there.  Expect plenty of power outages, even if we only see gusts 40-45 mph.
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Especially For AFK Again

We have new neighbors. And I adore them!! Two new babies and their moms and dad. The Anatolian Livestock Guardian dog is sleeping between the big black mama and her black and white baby. See him?

My favorite pīpī is the one with the round, light-colored, ears. I just want to go up to her and hug her!

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Aloha ʻOe, Oregon Big-Leaf Maple, Chapter Five and Pau.

Ho, I’m so far behind, I’m gonna wrap this up kinda wikiwiki…. with a bunch of videos and photos.

Here’s Mr Tree Monkey getting the very top of the tree.

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We Interrupt Tree Cutting For…Snow…and More Snow…

When Mark Nelsen of Channel 12 said “Snow!”, I was excited. It’s been a long time since we’ve had tons of snow…but I didn’t know exactly how much we’d be getting. Bambucha. That’s what we got! At this writing, we’ve been snowed in since Sunday (it’s now Friday).  People who live below us are getting in and out, and with studded tires and a different driveway, we would’ve gotten out, too. But 1: I don’t have studded tires on my car now (because I didn’t want to pay $39.00 to get them on in February and then another $39.00 to get them taken off a week later), and 2: We couldn’t have gotten down the driveway anyway.

And so it begins: Hail, snow, hail, and snow. February 18th.

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